WEEKLY BRIEF: 24 SEPTEMBER 2021

NEWS

WUC President Dolkun Isa Again Denied Entry to Turkey Despite Court Ruling

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in a statement expressed its regrets that the Turkish authorities, on September 18th, refused entry onto Turkish soil to WUC President Dolkun Isa, despite the recent decision from the Ankara Administrative Court lifting the ban. On June 8th, the Ankara Administrative Court heard a case on whether to lift an entry ban for Mr. Isa. On September 1st, the same Court delivered its judgement lifting the travel ban imposed on Mr. Isa. The decision was also accepted by the Immigration authorities. Despite this, Mr. Isa was returned to Germany.
‘’I am deeply disheartened to see that the Turkish authorities are still refusing me entry, despite my ban being lifted by the Ankara Administrative Court. I have once again been unjustly denied entry by the Turkish authorities for something I have never done”, Mr. Isa said.

New Report Shows Central Chinese Government Knowledge of and Involvement in Internment Camp System

On October 14, German researcher Adrian Zenz — whose previous work has documented the existence and scope of China’s internment camp system, as well as the motivation behind it — published a new report that draws on previously unanalyzed central government and state media reports to connect the internment camp program to highest rungs of power in Beijing. According to the report, two of the three central government institutions involved can be directly linked to some of the most powerful members of China’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee. Specifically, they are overseen by the Politburo Standing Committee’s third- and fourth-ranked members, who rank directly under General Secretary Xi Jinping (first-ranked) and Premier Li Keqiang (second-ranked).

Lithuanian Authorities Warn Against Chinese Mobile Phones

On September 21st, Reuters reported that the Lithuanian Defense Ministry recommends that consumers avoid buying mobile phones by China’s electronics giant Xiaomi, and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities. The report discovered that Xiaomi phones could identify and censor phrases in Chinese characters including “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan independence” or “democracy movement”. “Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible,” Defense Deputy Minister Margiris Abukevičius said.

Global Boycott Campaign Launched Against Hilton Hotels

On September 16th, a group of more than 40 US-based rights organisations announced a campaign to boycott Hilton Worldwide over its plan to construct a hotel on the site of a Uyghur mosque bulldozed by authorities in East Turkistan. At a news conference outside the Capital Hilton in Washington, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the World Uyghur Congress, the Uyghur Human Rights Project and other organizations said Hilton had ignored a one-week deadline that CAIR had given the company to pull out of the project in Xinjiang before initiating the boycott. Previous research by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), found that about one in three mosques have been destroyed between 2017 and 2020.

WUC Participates at UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue

On September 22, WUC Program Manager, Zumretay Arkin, highlighted the impact of transnational transfers on Uyghurs, during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances at the UN Human Rights Council: “In the context of extradition treaties between China and several countries, Uyghurs are constantly living in fear to be extradited to China not for having committed any crimes but for being Uyghur”.

Ilham Tohti is Serving a Life Sentence For ‘Separatism’ For His Work To End Discrimination Against Uyghurs

“It has been seven years since China’s unlawful imprisonment of Professor Ilham Tohti. While the international community has called on China to release him from prison … China has neither released him nor revealed his current whereabouts and health condition,” said Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress.An economist at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, Tohti pushed for a peaceful solution for Uyghur issues and equal rights for the persecuted group, submitting his proposals to the Chinese government for improving relations between Uyghurs and Han Chinese.

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Action During Paris fashion Week

The WUC and SumOfUs are organising a protest during the Paris Fashion Week on October 2nd, in front of ZARA, to protest its involvement in Uyghur Forced Labour.

11am- 1pm, ZARA, 92 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris

4pm – 6pm, ZARA, 54 Bd Haussmann, 75009 Paris

Paris Rally to Stop Uyghur Genocide 

On October 2, a “March to stop Uyghur genocide” will be organized in Paris and will bring together French and other European associations who are supporting Uyghurs The protest starts from Place de la Bastille at 2pm.

Protest in Munich Against Allianz

On October 4th, the WUC, Tibetans, Falun Gong, Society For Threatened Peoples and other rights organizations are going to protest in front of Allianz headquarter, the global insurance company which is working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to provide insurance solutions and services to support the Beijing Olympic Games 2022. The protest will take place from 1pm – 3pm at the Königinstraße 28 in Munich.